UACES Facebook Composting 101-Demonstrations for Beginners

Composting 101-Demonstrations for Beginners

When compost is added to soil, it breaks up heavy clay, helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients, and releases essential nutrients. To learn more about getting started with composting and to ask any questions, visit Miller County Agriculture Agent, Jennifer Caraway, from 7:00-11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 27, at the Gateway Farmers Market.

TEXARKANA, Ark. –

Composting is controlling the natural decay of organic matter. Compost improves your soil. When added to soil, compost breaks up heavy clay soils, helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients, and releases essential nutrients. Compost also contains beneficial microscopic organisms that build up the soil and make nutrients available to plants. Improving your soil is the first step towards growing healthy plants.

We all know how important composting is, but do you know what can and cannot be added to your compost bin? Do you want to understand the decomposition process and carbon to nitrogen ratio?

If you answered yes to any of these and want to learn how to get started, Jennifer Caraway, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Agent, in Miller County, will be on hand Saturday, August 27, from 7:00-11:00 a.m. at the Gateway Farmers Market, located at East 9th and Jefferson Avenue in Texarkana, Arkansas, to answer any questions you have and to supply you with information to start your own compost bin. This will be a come and go session so please feel free to drop by at any time between 7:00-11:00 on Saturday, August 27th. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 870-779-3609 or email jcaraway@uaex.edu. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/millercountyuaex/ and Twitter @UAEX_MillerCoAg

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

By Jennifer Caraway
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Jennifer Caraway
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854
(870) 779-3609
jcaraway@uaex.edu

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The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.